Every year the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation presents Challenge for Life, a fundraising/awareness initiative whereby participants commit to raising $1,000 for the organization while also pledging to practise a healthier lifestyle, reducing their risk of cancer up to 50 per cent.
This year, Challenge for Life culminates with a 20-kilometre walk on June 7, beginning and ending at Assiniboine Park.
Adam Nepon got involved in the Challenge for Life program thanks to his girlfriend, Dana Harvey, whose family had been doing the event for the past six years.
"She really got me involved in it," says Nepon. "Then my brother, Jonah, passed away from brain cancer about a year ago. So now my sisters are involved in it and it has turned into a pretty big family affair for everyone."
For Nepon, an Osborne Village resident whose mother lives in Garden City, the walk on June 7 will be his second, and he has nothing but great things to say about the event after participating for the first time in 2013.
"It’s great," Nepon says. "Everyone is meeting in a central location. There are so many people, so many different stories. And the great thing about the Challenge is that they don’t focus its attention specifically on one type of cancer. It deals with everyone, young and old."
Nepon’s team is called the Schvesters, the team his girlfriend’s family started.
"They started the team six years ago," says Nepon, "and the name Schvesters is Yiddish for sisters.
"We basically welcome anyone to join us. If you don’t have a team, join Schvesters and let’s go. It’s grown to about 15 or 20 people and it continues to grow."
For more information on Challenge for Life call 204-927-LIFE (5433) and visit www.challengeforlife.ca